ERIC Number: ED400353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
No Room for the Inn. A Report on Local Opposition to Housing and Social Services Facilities for Homeless People in 36 United States Cities.
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC.
In December 1994 the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty published an analysis of antihomeless laws and policies in 42 American cities. This report draws on those findings to focus on attempts to shut down or exclude service providers. Searches of the media, telephone interviews with service providers and public interest groups and attorneys, and government information provided the material for the report. The document provides sixty-one examples of local government and resident opposition to the siting or operation of housing and services for homeless people from 36 local jurisdictions involving 50 proposed or existing facilities or services. Of the 61 examples, 21 proposed projects were halted, 3 existing facilities were forced to close, 2 were forced to move, 5 government-run facilities were closed by the jurisdiction, 18 service providers were able to establish or continue the opposed program largely as planned, and 9 cases remained unresolved. The most common approach to exclusion of service providers is the application of zoning and building codes. Even in areas where the service provider was able to overcome local opposition, the need to counter that opposition almost invariably imposed costs in terms of time, effort, and money that could have been used to provide housing and services. "Not in my backyard," or "Nimby," opposition is particularly unfortunate in that opponents' fears about service facilities are unfounded. Neighbors of these facilities frequently come to view them with approval after they have been established for some period of time. (Contains three tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Support, Group Homes, Homeless People, Housing, Land Use, Legislation, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Social Attitudes, Social Services, Urban Areas, Urban Problems, Zoning
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 918 F Street N.W., Suite 412, Washington, DC 20004 ($25 plus postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Washington, DC.